The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry 5 of 5 stars
Lucinda Chapdelaine was orphaned as a young child when her parents left for a royal ball and never returned. Ever since, she has toiled away in her uncle's lonely jewelry shop under the cruel hand of her step-aunt. But now, all at once, Lucinda's lot is about to change. A mysterious woman, a handsome young gentleman, and an unusual gem all enter the shop on the very same day. The woman is none other than the dreaded Amaranth Witch, and she has a daring task to offer. If Lucinda succeeds, she will not only reclaim all that is rightfully hers, but she will discover a true friend... and perhaps a true love. Family secrets, magical surprises, and another royal ball will test her, but Lucinda is determined to find her own happily ever after. (Summary from book)
The Ameranth Enchantment was a wonderful Cinderella retelling. The plot was unique and the character enjoyable. Julie Berry's writing is enchanting and funny, even in a somewhat dark setting. The prose is reminiscent of Gail Carson Levine (one of my all time favorite authors!). I would definitely suggest this book for any fairy tale lovers and even some who are not. It ends with a twist that I am positive you will not expect.
For fans of: Gail Carson Levine, Just Ella, Fairy Tales